7 Filmmakers who should direct Bond 25

BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli attend the German premiere of the new James Bond movie 'Spectre' at CineStar on October 28, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli attend the German premiere of the new James Bond movie 'Spectre' at CineStar on October 28, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures) /
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Joseph Kahn

Primarily known for making glossy and inventive music videos, most prominently for Taylor Swift, Joseph Kahn has also directed two wildly underrated films. The first is 2004’s Torque, a Fast and the Furious rip-off that is more enjoyable and visually accomplished than any film in that franchise not directed by Justin Lin or James Wan. His second film, 2011’s Detention, a bizarre and delightful mashup of every kind of films that’s been popular with teenagers this century. He also directed that hard-R Power/Rangers short that was everything the drab and self-serious 2017 Power Rangers movie was not.

Though he is probably the least likely filmmaker on this list to get asked to make a James Bond movie, Kahn also might be the best choice to direct Bond 25. The reason being, he knows how to direct flashy, sexy and fun action sequences. And those are three qualities the largely dour Craig era on films have lacked. Kahn’s sensibilities make him a filmmaker who could take the franchise back to its roots as delirious, wildly colorful popcorn cinema. And if given enough rope by the Broccolis, Kahn is virtually guaranteed to make Bone 25 a true cinematic experience.

Currently, Kahn is set to release his third feature film, a battle rap dramedy called Bodied, on Nov. 2. As such, he has room in his schedule to make the craziest and most kinetic Bond movie of the new century.

John Hyams

Another long shot, John Hyams is a writer/director who is best known for his work with the Universal Soldier franchise. For the uninitiated, 1992’s Universal Soldier followed a cryogenically frozen Vietnam War vet (Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren) who were resurrected in the present as a killer cyborgs. After the production of a trio of shoddy sequels, the franchise was revived by Hyams with 2009’s Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Hard-hitting and elegiac, it detailed anther clash between Van Damme and Lundgren’s characters in the middle of a Ukrainian terrorist attack.

Hyams followed Regeneration up with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. A surreal and relentlessly tense actioner, the film followed a soldier named John (Scott Adkins) as he pursued Van Damme and Lundgren’s characters, who have become terrorist warlords. Although released direct-to-video, Hyams’ Universal Soldier duology features more impactful set pieces and intriguing high concepts than most studio films. Whereas most contemporary action movies impress with the sheer number of special effects artists they employ, Regeneration and Day of Reckoning remind the viewer what blood tastes like.

As Bond 25 has long been rumored to be Daniel Craig’s last rodeo, Hyams be an excellent director to see him off. In addition to having a talent for breathing new life into troubled franchises, he is also amazing at staging practical action. Most importantly, he is a real knack for depicting aging action stars as being believably badass.